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What affects how parachutes fall?

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  • Submitted: 06/10/2009
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'What affects how parachutes fall?'

An analytic and reflective account of a primary science investigation

designed and carried out by the trainee.

There are many aspects of a parachute, and scientific theories which may have an impact upon how a parachute falls. The choice as to what aspect to investigate can depend upon many factors such as the practicalities and constraints of the experiment environment.

I took the decision with my group to investigate whether the size of a parachutes canopy affects the time it takes to fall. This experiment, "Does the size of a parachute canopy affect the time it takes to fall?" is suitable as it can be easily conducted in the environment which we are to work. There are time limitations, and height limitations that had to be considered when choosing our investigation. Conducting and analysing this experiment, covers numerous sections of the National Curriculum. The DfEE (1999, p.83-84, 88) states that SC1, Scientific Enquiry, and also Forces and Motion should be taught at Key Stage Two. This investigation relates to the entire Sc1, 'Scientific enquiry', Sc4 - 2b, "gravitational attraction" and Sc4 - 2c, "friction, including air resistance."

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